Graduate students who work at Mizzou will vote on whether or not to unionize. The election will be Monday, April 18 and Tuesday, April 19. That’s according to an email released to graduated students today by Graduate Professional Counsel Director of Communications Matt McCune.
In an email also released today, Interim MU Chancellor Hank Foley said the announcement came as a surprise to the administration.
McCune says that the university has long been aware an election would occur, if not precisely when, and this was communicated by a number of graduate student groups.
“They should have been expecting a union election this semester. Absolutely. That’s what always been talked about, it’s always been communicated with the office of graduate studies and the office of the chancellor,” McCune said
Earlier this year the university quoted UM System Interim President Mike Middleton saying, “We believe that the university needs clarity on graduate students’ legal right to organize, as there is no legal precedent or clarity in Missouri law to make that determination."
The election will be conducted by the League of Women Voters.